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Breed of the Month ~ December 2016 ~ Bernese Mountain Dog
Congratulations to Jill Byers

The Bernese Mountain Dog is a beautiful tri-colored, large Working Dog. The disposition for these dogs is to have a loving, gentle, self-confident disposition. This temperament makes for good family companions. Any aggression is considered a fault in the breed. They can be aloof to strangers but should not be fearful. Early socialization is a must for this breed so they will be comfortable with strangers.







The Bernese Mountain Dog originated in the canton of Bern, Switzerland, thus the name "Bernese." The breed was used as an all-around farm dog, relied upon as guardians of livestock and family. They were also used as draft dogs to pull heavy carts to help the farmer with farm chores and to pull the wagons to the village to sell milk. Today, berners are a popular breed in the conformation and draft ring, and an entertaining breed in the obedience ring and now the breed has it's first titled Dock Diving dog!

The AKC Standard for the breed is as follows: Height: Females 23" - 26" and Males 25" - 27 1/2". Weights can vary greatly. Females are usually between 75 to 95 pounds and the Males will weigh in from 85 - 115 pounds. If they are more or less it is not considered a fault as long as the dog is balanced. The coat is black with a white forechest and rust on the muzzle, eyebrows and on lower leg. The optimal white marking is symmetrical on the muzzle and blaze, four white paws and a white tip on the tail. The coat can be slightly wavy or straight but should not be overly curly. Puppies will be more curly but once the adult coat comes in, the curls give way to wavy.

Smart puppy buyers will seek reputable breeders who have done everything possible to produce litters that are not just beautiful but healthy. Please go to www.bmdinfo.org to educate yourself on this wonderful breed so you will know if this is the breed for you and what you should look for in a reputable Bernese breeder. To learn about breeders in the Front Range, visit www.bmdcr.org.


 


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